The Great American Education-Industrial Complex examines the structure and nature of national networks and enterprises that seek to influence public education policy in accord with their own goals and objectives. In the past twenty years, significant changes have taken place in the way various interest groups seek to influence policies and practices in public education in the United States. No longer left to the experience and knowledge of educators, American education has become as much the domain of private organizations, corporate entities, and political agents who see it as a market for their ideas, technologies, and ultimately profits. Piccciano and Spring posit that educational technology is the vehicle whereby these separate movements, organizations, and individuals have become integrated in a powerful common entity, and detail how the educational-industrial complex has grown and strengthened its position of influence. This timely, carefully documented, well argued book brings together Picciano’s perspective and expertise in the field of technology and policy issues and Spring’s in the history and politics of education in a unique critical analysis of the education-industrial complex and its implications for the future.
Preface 1. Introduction to the Education-Industrial Complex and the Power of Networks 2. The Flat World as Shaped by the Shadow Elite 3. Technology in American Education 4. Corporate Influences: No Child Left Behind, Privatization, and Commercialization 5. Profits, Products and Privatization 6. Foundations and Think Tanks: Policies and Ideas Supporting the Educational-Industrial Complex 7. Media: News Media, Edutainment and the Education-Industrial Complex 8. Conclusion: "A Nation at Risk" Redux About the Authors Index
This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.
Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of
Local, state, national, and international educational systems
Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities
Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations
Computer systems and software as instruments of public education
The popular media as forms of public education
Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology